Master Professional FAQ
What is the Master Professional Program?
This program is the PGA of America's highest designation and is comprised of an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired.
What are the prerequisites for becoming a Master Professional?
There are three prerequisites to becoming a Master Professional, which include:
- PGA Certified in selected Career Path
- PGA Member employed for 10 years in selected Career Path
- Advise five (5) PGA Certified Professionals and complete Capstone with guidance from an assigned mentor for selected Career Path
Why should I become a PGA Master Professional?
The PGA Master Professional Program showcases a PGA Certified Professional's continued expertise and experience in his or her specific career path through a proven track record of success and industry involvement. This program is designed to quantify and promote more value to employers and elevate the image of the PGA Certified Professional through a progressive approach to lifelong learning guided by enhanced mentoring and coaching.
How do I get started in the PGA Master Professional Program?
We are currently working on a new online registration process, which will be ready in early April 2020. Check back then for updated details.
What are the requirements of the Master Professional Program?
The first requirement of the Master Professional Program program is to complete and submit a Literature Review and written Project in phases per schedule, which the Master Professional Program Review & Evaluation Team as well as the Master Professional Mentor will have designed to advise the Candidate on the Project for Approval prior to Checkpoint. Once approved, the Candidate will attend the Checkpoint to present the approved Project, respond to Project and Presentation questions, and complete a Skill Simulation if required. The final requirement is for the Candidate to participate in a debrief of Grading and Review of Presentation, Q&A, and Skill Simulation if required following the Checkpoint.
What are the associated costs to becoming a Master Professional?
There is no application fee. Once the project is approved, the cost to register for a Checkpoint is $1775.
How many MSR credits are available through the PGA Master Professional Program?
The PGA Master Professional Program is worth 36 MSR credits, which go toward the PGA Required Category.
What is the Literature Review?
The Literature Review is a list of a minimum of ten (10) publications that have provided knowledge that has been applied to the Project. The Literature Review must also contain an executive summary that explains what was read and the impact it has on their overall understanding of their intended area of study. Candidate must also write about the impact the readings have had on job performance.
What is the Project?
The project is an opportunity to accurately portray your ability and expertise in your chosen career path. The Project elements will be submitted to the Master Professional Program Review and Evaluation Team in phases. This process is similar to that which might be used in conceiving and managing a Project at a golf facility – Planning, Implementation, and Results Reporting. Detailed Project information related to each specific career path can be found on PGA.org.
What is the Checkpoint?
The Checkpoint the final stage in the MPP program and is an opportunity to present the approved Project and respond to Project and Presentation questions submitted by the Evaluation team. Additionally, specific Projects, such as Teaching & Coaching, also require the successful completion of a Skill Simulation. Finally, the Checkpoint ends with a Debrief of Grading and Review of Presentation, Q&A, and Skill Simulation.
What is the role of my assigned Master Professional Mentor?
The role of the PGA Master Professional Mentor is to provide career support, encouragement, and guidance throughout the Master Professional Program process, as well as develop and maintain an effective mentor relationship with a fellow PGA Professional who aspires to attain a Master Professional designation. This relationship hopes to benefit the PGA of America, the Mentoring Master Professional, and of course the aspiring Master Professional.
How long do I have to be a PGA Class A Member to become Master Professional?
Master Professional Program candidates must be a PGA Member in good standing and employed in the selected career path for at least 10 years. Master Professional Program candidates must also be PGA Certified in the selected career path.
How long does the PGA Master Professional Program program take to complete?
The completion of the program is entirely dependent on you and your availability to navigate through each of the designed phases of the program with the guidance and support of your mentoring professional, as well as the Review and Evaluation Team.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the PGA Master Professional Program?